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    04-02-2010, 11:41 PM
  #1
Foal
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Hi,
So lately I've been very interested in eventing. And I honestly NEED to get out of the discipline I currently train (western and english pleasure).
Well anyways I have a upcoming 4 year old paint, who is not really trained in a discipline yet! Thank god. All he really knows is his gaits and to stop. We kinda have been just fooling around. But its time to get serious. He needs a job.
He likes to jump:) is pretty quiet. On trails, although he does get spunky and spirited. He likes to somtimes just go fast.in the arena he's very quiet and obident.
So im thinking of getting a dressage trainer to come to my barn and teach us. I wont be getting a jumping trainer until I can get a job when I turn 15. In a few months.
Until then I can work on him with jumping in the arena.

But what is a schedule to get him fit enought to compete?
Like on what days do I do what? And how long. Etc.etc.etc.
And what is the lowest level and how big are the fences?
     
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    04-02-2010, 11:51 PM
  #2
Trained
Well, if he is up and coming to the age of 4, I would really be focusing on dressage right now, and lots of getting out of the arena - exposing him to trails and water and all that fun stuff.

I wouldn't even be worrying about compeating him nor jumping at this point.
     
    04-02-2010, 11:56 PM
  #3
Green Broke
Agreed with Kim. I would work on getting solid dressage down. Then worry about the jumping when he's five or so. Jumping is dressage with speed bumps. But I would suggest finding an eventing barn, and making some friends. Friends with trainers, other riders, owners, everyone. Everyone in our sport is really helpful, and most of the time, pretty darned nice. :) We always like to bring others in.... muahaha. Anyways, also, go to a couple of events in your area. Try to learn about the sport, observe the way riders do things. I have learned so much by just sitting and watching.
     
    04-03-2010, 12:56 AM
  #4
Trained
Also, if you have access to Fox Hunting, I highly recommend you get involved - whether it be joining or capping. Regardless, Fox Hunting is very benefitial for both horse and rider in the long run :)
     
    04-03-2010, 01:04 PM
  #5
Weanling
I agree with all of the above! Start with DRESSAGE! But if you can find an event barn, that would be even better. Start getting him used to everything. Take him to a XC course and just canter him around, take him through the water. I have an OTTB that I got 2 years ago as a 3 year old. I didn't start jumping til he was 4 and didnt do anything over 2ft til he was 4 and a half to 5. But I wish I had taken him more places when he was younger. He is great and honest jumper, but it's taken me a while to get him used to to wide, open XC. I think if i'd introduced him to it earlier he'd be a little better right now.
As for the levels, at recognized USEA events the lowest level is beginner novice which is 2'7". But lots of places have schooling shows and the levels vary per show. Around here we have whats called Tadpole. It either all cross rails with little baby verticals or it can be 2'3". It really depends on the place. When you do get ready to start eventing, go watch some schooling shows and see what level you think he could do.
Noticed you live in illinios which is area 4. Take a look at this site USEA Area IV There's a list of all the trainers, XC schooling places, schooling shows, and recognized shows, and clinics in the area.

Fox hunting as MIeventer said CAN be good, but it can also be very bad. If you do go foxhunting, especially with a young horse you really need to look into the place more. We have two hunts around here. One is a drag hunt and is done on very nice, open trails with great footing. The other is a real hunt and they go FAST and they go through creeks, rocks, bad terrain, whatever they have to do. I went to the second one once and it would NOT be a good place for a green horse, even hilltopping, which I did, was a little ridiculous.
     
    04-03-2010, 11:57 PM
  #6
Foal
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Originally Posted by equineeventer3390    
I agree with all of the above! Start with DRESSAGE! But if you can find an event barn, that would be even better. Start getting him used to everything. Take him to a XC course and just canter him around, take him through the water. I have an OTTB that I got 2 years ago as a 3 year old. I didn't start jumping til he was 4 and didnt do anything over 2ft til he was 4 and a half to 5. But I wish I had taken him more places when he was younger. He is great and honest jumper, but it's taken me a while to get him used to to wide, open XC. I think if i'd introduced him to it earlier he'd be a little better right now.
As for the levels, at recognized USEA events the lowest level is beginner novice which is 2'7". But lots of places have schooling shows and the levels vary per show. Around here we have whats called Tadpole. It either all cross rails with little baby verticals or it can be 2'3". It really depends on the place. When you do get ready to start eventing, go watch some schooling shows and see what level you think he could do.
Noticed you live in illinios which is area 4. Take a look at this site USEA Area IV There's a list of all the trainers, XC schooling places, schooling shows, and recognized shows, and clinics in the area.

Fox hunting as MIeventer said CAN be good, but it can also be very bad. If you do go foxhunting, especially with a young horse you really need to look into the place more. We have two hunts around here. One is a drag hunt and is done on very nice, open trails with great footing. The other is a real hunt and they go FAST and they go through creeks, rocks, bad terrain, whatever they have to do. I went to the second one once and it would NOT be a good place for a green horse, even hilltopping, which I did, was a little ridiculous.


I'm fortunate to have my aunt live by one of the qualifying xc courses in Wayne il . I have trail ridden over there to let him see the huge colorful jumps. He did really good actually. I also try to trail ride alot to get him out of the arena.

As for fox hunting. Mines really iffy. They do hard core fox hunting. I wouldn't be comfortable. But my horse irks really calm and levelheaded for his age. He has taken well to everything I have done with him.
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    04-04-2010, 12:03 PM
  #7
Green Broke
^ is it Lamplight Equestrian Center? Where Wayne Du Page and Maui Jim HT's are run? I've heard it's super nice.

Good luck with the training! You'll catch the eventing bug in no time ;)
     
    04-04-2010, 12:34 PM
  #8
Green Broke
AEC's were at lamplight until this year too... suposed to be an AMZING facility!
     
    04-05-2010, 12:16 AM
  #9
Foal
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Originally Posted by StormyBlues    
AEC's were at lamplight until this year too... suposed to be an AMZING facility!
yupp its lamplight. Well lamplight uses it. I think its called wayne dupage competition field.
And its about a half an hour trail ride away.
Its HUGGEEE and really nice. Some of the jumps there are crazzy tho. To the point where im like danggggg how the heck does a horse get himself over that????
     
    04-05-2010, 10:30 AM
  #10
Trained
Wayne is awesome ! I love going there !

Which hunt are you with ? I never take young horses hunting unless that is going to be their main job ! Wait til your horse knows his job well & then you can hunt =]
     

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